Long wait for bus but it was worth it

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Le Gite del Sol - $28 double, great little place

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Its guaranteed, if you follow the instructions the bus ticket have (i.e. be at the bus station 30 mins before departure) the bus will arrive late! However, the delay was exaggerated this time, and it didnt appear until two and a half hours later.

We were supposed to leave at 8.50 am in order to arrive at San Cristobal around 2pm, but the bus didnt appear until 11.30am. Unluckily there was no other bus until 11.40 am so we were stuck waiting for ours. The worst part was that there was no information available at the bus station except that "its normal".

Anyway, after 2 hours in the hot and humid Palenque bus station our OCC (Cristobal Colon bus) arrived and allowed us onto its full powered air conditioned service. It was clean and had films and documentaries on all along so it made the 5 hour trip shorter (122 Pesos per person; $12).

The scenery was also impressive, but the roads are curves every 20 metres so anyone with inclination to have car sickness...this is the place to be!

Along the way there was plenty of graffiti supporting the EZLN (Zapatista guerrillas) and a few buses with mixed up europeans on a solidarity campaign.

So at 5pm we arrived at San Cristobal de Casas, and suddenly understood why it is one of the most popular stops on the Gringo Trail. Its a small colonial town, very similar to andalucian towns of Spain, and its full of old sorts of restaurants, bars, shops (even newspapers and books!) and lots of museums and walks to do.

In order to celebrate the alternatives we had dinner at a Lebanese restaurant (great price and food) and indulged in a bit of happy hour drinking (2 beers for $3 dollars).

We will definetly be here a few days and enjoy the change.

Cheerio for now.
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